Road Trip to TAJ MAHAL-The Real Beauty of India

On 11 th Feb ‘ 10 me and my brother just made the plan to visit the Taj Mahal. We had only One single day. I had visited Mathura , Vrindavan on this route many times but Agra I had visited 5-6 yrs back. So this time it was only TAJ MAHAL. We decided to leave Delhi early morning.

No. of adults – Two
1. Myself
2. My brother
My car – Maruti 800
Total distance covered in the trip – 440 Km

Agra is about 220 Km from my home.
I started my car at 5 am .We started from Rohini. Crossed Punjabi Bagh , Dhaula Kuan and reached Ashram Chowk at 5:45 am. Now we were on NH-2.

We crossed Sarita Vihar and reached Badarpur Border at 6 am. Border had traffic jam in the morning. As On the Badarpur Border , on one side Delhi Metro work is going on and on one side NHAI Flyover work is goin on. Finally after 20-25 min we crossed Border.

After that we crossed Faridabad , Ballabgarh and Palwal in not much time. After few minutes we crossed Hodal. I did not stopped the car as we did no want to waste much time and wanted to reach Agra early because we had to depart from Agra the same evening. Our only main target was Taj Mahal. We reached Agra finally at 10 am. We did not stopped even once on the route. Road condition were superb till Agra. NH-2 is always good as we all know.

Now we were in Agra. Parked my car. Then we went to visit Taj Mahal.


Entrance for TAJ MAHAL. The main gateway (darwaza) is a monumental structure built primarily of marble .Main gate of Taj Mahal faces South,it is 151 feet by 117 feet and has height of appox. 100 feets

The beauty of TAJ MAHAL was same as our earlier trip. Awesome Monument.
Construction start date: 1631 A.D
Construction end date: 1648 A.D
Time for Completion: 17 Years
Total workers 20000
Designer Ustad Ahmad Lahauri
UNESCO World Heritage Site 1983
ArchitectureType Islamic
Area of Taj Mahal 60 bighas
Location Utter Pardesh (India)
Highlights One of the Seven Wonders of the World
Timing 6.00 A.M to 7.30 P.M (Friday Closed)

TAJ MAHAL
The Taj Mahal (also “the Taj”) is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture.Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage .
Building began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, and employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen.In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire’s period of greatest prosperity, was griefstricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died . Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, one year after her death.

The marble dome that surmounts the tomb is the most spectacular feature. Its height of around 35 metres (115 ft) .The minarets, which are each more than 40 metres (130 ft) tall.

Amanat Khan Shirazi was the calligrapher of Taj Mahal,Ismail Khan Afridi of Turkey was the dome maker.
Material for building Taj Mahal was brought from all over India as well from centeral Asia as per the records a feelt of around 1000 elephants was employed for this purpose.
Centeral Tomb of Taj Mahal is around 187 feet in height.
Following material was brought from different regions,28 kinds of rare,precious stones has been used in Taj Mahal

Red Stones: Fatehpur Sikri
Jasper Punjab
Jade and Crystal China
Turquoise Tibet
Coal and Cornelian Arabia
Diamonds Panna

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The handwriting written here is called Calligraphy. It basically includes the lines from the Quran.
The complex is set around a large 300-metre (980 ft) square charbagh or Mughal garden. The garden uses raised pathways that divide each of the four quarters of the garden into 16 flowerbeds.
One can enjoy night viewing of Taj Mahal for five nights in a month including the full moon night and two days before and after except Friday and month of Ramzan.
Below is the table which summerize the Night View detail.

Night Viewing Timings: 8.30PM to 12.30A.M
Number od batches 8 Total per night
Person per batch 50
Duration Half an hour
Reporting Place Shilpagram complex half an hour in advance of the viewing time
Entry Point Eastern gate only
Video camera Not allowed for night viewing
Booking Office Archaeological Survey of India, Agra Circle, 22 The Mall, Agra
Uttar Pradesh
Time for Booking 10.00 A.M to 6.00 P.M (one day in advance of night viewing)
Ticket cancellation Same office (up to 1 P.M on the day of viewing)
Cancellation Charges 25% of the ticket

Charges for full moon viewing –
Indian (adult) 510 INR
Foreigner (adult) 750 INR
Children (Foreigner) 500 INR

Taj Mahal Mosque or Masjid. This is basically a red sand stone building.

The total cost for building the TAJ MAHAL has been estimated to be about 32 million Rupees at that time. A labour force of twenty thousand workers was recruited across northern India.
Shah Jahan loved his wife so much that after the TAJ MAHAL was complete he cut the hands of the workers so that they could not make the same structure again.

After having the wonderful time there we visited the market there. My brother bought a pair of shoes as Agra is famous for its Leather products. Then we bought Panchhi Petha the famous sweet of Agra. By this time it was 5 pm. Now it was the time to leave .
I started the car at 5 pm from Agra and i knew that it will take a little longer to reach Delhi because it was now the traffic hours. We finally reached back Delhi at 11:20 pm.

A long tiring day ended. But it was still fun and we enjoyed the day and I enjoyed the driving too.
Thanks for reading :)

24 Comments

  • Rajeev says:

    Sahil very nyc informative post….Pics cliked r 2 gud…!!! Keep writing…

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Sahil,

    You are a true Ghumakkar.

    I have been to Agra many times. Even after repeated vists to Taj , every time it gives a freshly look & offers to explore its beauty.

    Well done buddy.

  • This is an ancient Shiva Temple called “Tejo Mahalaya”.

  • Kartik says:

    though i have nevr been to agra… Can i do the road trip from dehradun to agra…Is it comfartable…

  • Kartik says:

    and sahil kindly suggest me the route also…

  • Sahil says:

    Ya kartik u can surely do the road trip..No problem
    Dun – agra would be around 380 Km.
    1st route is the same old known route -> This route is much better
    Dun – roorkee – muzaffarnagar – khatauli – meerut – delhi – mathura – agra

    2nd route – > This route is a little conjested
    dun – meerut – hapur – bulanshaher – khurja – aligarh – agra

    Follow the second route only if u know the route otherwise best is the 1st one.

  • Virag Sharma says:

    Don’t follow second route , roads are worst.

  • Sanjay says:

    Taj Mahal i hv visited many times…Its the same old beauty…Nyc pics…

  • travellers says:

    Hi Sahil,

    interesting post – ‘ghumakkar’ style. Nice pics.

    One point from my side would be that a Delhiite’s utterance on Taj Mahal should follow (if not in the same breath, a few ones later) by Humayun’s Tomb. That’s how I educate my guests on Humayun’s tomb.

    Thanks.

    Auro

    • Sahil says:

      Thnks auro Ji…Frankly speaking i hv not yet visited Humayun’s Tomb..Though i daily travel from Nizamudin area and Old Delhi area but never got time to visit there…Now surely it is in my list…

      Sahil

  • nandanjha says:

    and as always bright-bubbly pics :-)

    Its been a while I went to Agra, as the weather gets a better, it deserves a quick day-dash visit.

  • Rajeev kulshrestha says:

    i am also a ghumakkar style and very Nice pics click by you as being a media person i also used to moved in my car always if next time you want to visit to AGRA or JAiPur or Chandighar or Lucknow or Allahabad i also go with your team also as a new ghumakkar if you want to call me 9654985213-9899839118 bye and all

  • sskagra says:

    Thanking you this photograph very good

  • Parul says:

    Great post Sahil.
    Makes me want to fulfill my long time dream of seeing the THE TAJ MAHAL in all shades of the light – in day and night. Dont know when it’ll happen but your post did boost the dream up. Very informative and useful for someone wo wants to visit the TAJ MAHAL…and neeedless to say that you’ve captured some really good pictures too.

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